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Searching for an Iver Johnson revolver

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by GreatNana, Jun 25, 2013.

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  1. GreatNana

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    #56577. I have a deeply personal reason for wanting to find it, which I will provide in direct communication. Thanks.
     
  2. Old Fuff

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    Unfortunately they're is a problem. Iver-Johnson literally made hundreds of thousands of revolvers and used serial numbers over and over. They were for the most part kept apart by putting a letter in front of the number, which was usually stamped on the side of the handle part of the frame, and covered by the grips, that have to be removed to see it. Additional information will be necessary to get very far.
     
  3. GreatNana

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    Thanks for the schoolin'.

    This could be tough!
     
  4. Old Fuff

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    Do you have any other information, such as the caliber, finish, number of chambers in the cylinder, approximate date it was obtained, etc.

    The chances of finding that particular revolver are pretty slim. Finding one exactly like it would have a much better chance.
     
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    " Do you have any other information, such as the caliber, finish, number of chambers in the cylinder, approximate date it was obtained, etc.

    The chances of finding that particular revolver are pretty slim. Finding one exactly like it would have a much better chance."

    It appears to have been purchased in Chicago in 1909. Said to be 38 caliber and 5 chambers.
     
  6. Old Fuff

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    That appears to be probable. I'll do a little research. ;)
     
  7. Ron James

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    If it is a very early Iver then that could be the serial number, however 90 percent of Iver Johnson revolvers had a letter prefix marked on the hand grip under the left grip. The number found stamped on the trigger guard may or may not match the number under the grip. another problem, these old trigger guards cracked and bent easy and were easy to replace, this is another reason only the number under the left grip is considered the actual serial number. I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but your chances of finding that specific firearm are less than the FBI of ever finding Jimmy Hoffa's body.
     
  8. GreatNana

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    Ouch

    "I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but your chances of finding that specific firearm are less than the FBI of ever finding Jimmy Hoffa's body."

    Thanks.
     
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